Minnesota man on track to play all state's golf coursesDetroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - When most people retire they spend their time traveling and taking up their favorite hobbies. One a man has been doing both, while working towards the Minnesota golfing record books.
By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY
Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - When most people retire they spend their time traveling and taking up their favorite hobbies. One a man has been doing both, while working towards the Minnesota golfing record books.
Art Hennington – Golfed 476 of 482 Minnesota Golf Courses: “When you're retired you got nothing but time.”
When Art Hennington retired from teaching in Elk River back in 2003, he was looking for a new challenge.
He found it between a club and a ball.
Art Hennington: “Monty Python's searching for the Holy Grail; that's kind of what golf is all about. You search for that swing that seems to last two holes and then disappears.
In golf there's an old saying. No shot is ever the same. Well, no course is the same either, and Art may know that better than anyone. His stop at Forest Hills near Detroit Lakes was the 476th course he's played in Minnesota, and after one more stop today he now has 5 more courses until he can claim that he's played them all.
Art Hennington: “Well, the MGA puts out a booklet and in the booklet they have about 407 courses and I went through it. They put it out like 10 years ago. And I went through it and said, "Gee, I've played about 150 of these. Maybe I can play all of them." People say, ‘why are you doing this?’ I'm not getting anything out of it at all. But, just a sense of accomplishment.
While Art admits his game isn't what it used to be.
Art Hennington: “Well, I just played this hole and I put 3 balls into the water.”
His memory of this golfing adventure remains sharp.
Art Hennington:” The best course in the whole state is the Wilderness up by Lake Vermillion. It has these big glacier boulders right in the middle of the fairways and just spectacular.”
Now, as the 65-year old club swinger gets ready to retire from this adventure, he's already taking suggestions on what to do next.
Art Hennington: “Yeah, Guenther said, ‘Now what are we going to do?’ He said, ‘Take up fishing.’ I said, ‘No, no, I'll never take up fishing. That would be the worst.’"
Perhaps, catching a fish on each of those 10,000 lakes would be just about too much.
Art says according to the MN Golf association, he will be the first to golf every course in the state.